I Think I've Found the Perfect E Ink Tablet
I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect E Ink device that combines all the best features and applications of electronic ink while still being small enough that I’ll actually want to carry it around all day. For my needs, that device is the new Onyx Boox Nova Air, which packs enough flexibility to make it more than just an excellent ebook reader and solid digital notepad.
Let me start off by saying that when it comes to digital note-taking—or e-note devices—I absolutely adore the reMarkable tablets. No other E Ink device maker has put as much effort into improving and polishing the electronic paper writing experience as the reMarkable team has, and using their tablets for note-taking is a near-perfect experience. However, that laser focus on creating a fantastic e-note device also means that the reMarkable tablets aren’t so great for reading ebooks. Even the reMarkable 2 doesn’t come with an illuminated screen because the reMarkable’s creators believe it would be a detriment to its writing experience. Bummer.
I’m also a big fan of the Kobo Libra, which I use for reading ebooks, but that’s just about the extent of its usefulness to me. As a result, it spends most of its life on my bedside table. I’ve long wanted the best of both worlds, a hybrid of the reMarkable and the Libra, but without resorting to an iPad, which I find are too heavy, too fragile, and too expensive for what I want from a tablet. What I want is almost exactly what Onyx has delivered with the Boox Nova Air, which ticks all of my wish list items, even if its user interface can be a little rough around the edges.